EnvironMentors Poster Competition Winners Announced
EnvironMentors pairs science students from Scotlandville Magnet High School with graduate students at LSU for a year-long, extra-curricular environmental science research project. Their work culminates in a science fair and poster display where the students succinctly summarize their data from throughout the year. The posters are judged by scientists from industry and academia, and the results determine those who will represent LSU at the National Fair in Washington, D.C., in June.
This year the winners are all high school juniors and second-year participants in the program. Briana Coleman won first prize for her research, titled “Louisiana Fuels Your Energy Needs.” Second place was awarded to A’Shonte Reed for her research project “Negative Effects of Salinity on Water Fleas: Implications of Saltwater Intrusion on Freshwater Organisms.” Tyrone Whitmore placed third with his research, “What’s in Our Soil?: How Soil Pollution Affects Earthworm Movement Patterns." The first and second place winners also represented LSU at the 2016 National Fair.
All 14 of this year’s EnvironMentors participants received certificates for participating in the program. Louisiana Sea Grant presented each participant with a copy of the book Washed Away? The Invisible People of Louisiana’s Wetlands by Donald W. Davis.
“It’s hard to describe the impact that this program has on these students,” said Linda M. Hooper-Bùi, associate professor, CC&E, department of environmental science and director of LSU’s EnvironMentors program. “To see how excited they get about environmental science and how hard they work on their project is very inspiring. While we consider each one a winner, only three can go to the National Fair. We are all rooting for our three representatives.”